I saw the plastic surgeon today about my planned TAH/BSO with panniculectomy and abdominal hernia repair, and the news is good.......he thinks he will be able to take off about 10-12# of flab, and even tighten up the rest of my belly and upper thighs. I've now lost 41 pounds since Christmas, and he says that the more I lose before surgery, the better my cosmetic results will be, even though I'll still be markedly overweight (well, I STILL need to lose at least another 100 altogether).
Not only that, it looks like the insurance will pick up the cost, as this isn't strictly a cosmetic procedure, but one that needs to be done because I'm at such a high risk for wound dehiscence and other problems due to my pendulous abdomen. I've gained and lost so much weight over the years, plus had five children and 3 C-sections, that there is very little tone despite all the crunches I've been doing to try to whittle it down. I don't care that I still won't be able to wear a bikini when all is said and done; I know I'll never have a flat stomach again......it's been too many years of carrying too many pounds.
But what a blessing it'll be to be rid of this gawdawful "apron" of flesh that hangs down, looks ugly and causes all kinds of misery no matter how clean I keep myself. I can't even imagine being able to leave the house in a top that doesn't cover me all the way down to my hips (why DO they make tops for large women so short, anyway??!!)........I never even knew that could happen again in this lifetime! I couldn't care less about looking like a model---I never did before, and it ain't gonna happen now---but the idea that I could actually look relatively normal is something that's going to take a while to get my head around.
Of course, I'll be a train wreck for awhile after the surgery, which I'm planning to schedule for early August, but I think it'll be well worth it in the long run. In the meantime, I'd better get busy, losing more weight and continuing to get in shape for this big, big change. HURRAY!!